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New Gaming PC. i7-930, Radeon 5770

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May 16, 2010 8:25:48 PM

Wanted to get opinions and hear some recommendations.

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, $50.00
Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W, $90.00
Processor: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz, $200.00
Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366, $170.00
RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600, $180.00
Graphic Card: XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5, $170.00
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA, $90.00
Disk Drive: LITE-ON DVD Drive, $20.00

Total, $970.00

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May 17, 2010 12:26:13 AM

I agree, i Just ordered an earthwatts 650. Its probably as good or better a PSU and alot ch eaper right now

Also, depending on your budget and uses you might want more GPU and less CPU. At least more GPU. Your CPU/mobo combo is pretty nice and 6GB of ram is a pretty good spot to be in right now too.
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May 17, 2010 12:32:50 AM

My new build has almost the same exact specs as you new build.

Mine:
i7 930
xfx 5770 xxx
asrock x58 extreme3
6 gigs (3x2) A-Data ram 1600
80 gig SSD
earthwatts 650w

I get the last of the parts in on Monday. I'll give you my first impressions. You might get allot of people knocking on the 5770 but if it fits what you need then f*** the haters.
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May 17, 2010 1:23:43 AM

what is your monitor size for full 1080 with AA you might want one step up from the 5770....I have a 5770.
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May 18, 2010 5:02:32 AM

So i put my system that is very similar to your build together today. And its awesome!

Windows Experience Index score:
CPU 7.5
Ram 7.6
graphics 7.4
gaming graphics 7.4
primary hard drive 7.3

Yours would be similar but with a lower hard drive score without an SSD.

The asrock board was super easy. Everything worked right away. The only adjustments I had to make in the bios was fix the ram speed b/c it was under clocked. Runs raw video from a 5d mark2 smooth as butter. Go for it.
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May 18, 2010 2:55:51 PM

You say it is a gaming PC but you only have the 5770 card. You really want the 5850.

The i7 930 offers very little in the way of gaming. I would suggest dropping down to the i5 750 CPU, then you need only a P55 board (cheap if you need no XFire and care little for 6gb/s sata and USB 3.0, mid range for the better SATA and USB, or high end for that and XFire) and Dual channel RAM. This will save you enough money for the 5850 which will be a better gaming PC. You gain a lot of performance by improving your card, but gain very little performance from an i7 CPU
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May 18, 2010 3:00:05 PM

Just FYI, with his listed price of 200 for the i7-930, it is very likely he is near a Microcenter. The i5-750 is 180 at microcenter, so its a difference of only $20 to upgrade to the i7. But obviously, if money is tight, that $20 could go elsewhere.

The 860 is also $200 at Microcenter.
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May 18, 2010 6:24:49 PM

I remember hearing that the 17 920 was going for 170 at microcenter too. But once those are gone that's it, so who knows if there are still around anymore at that price. Thats a great deal at 170 for a i7
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May 19, 2010 3:15:14 AM

5850 do what you can to get one
1080 p full tilt graphics on new(really new games) 5770 is not the choice
i have one its plays everything I wanna play but nothing really new @ 1080 with AA
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May 19, 2010 7:17:19 PM

Just wondering. Would 2x 5770's be better than 1x 5850. Because I could get 2x 5770's for cheaper than a single 5850.
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May 19, 2010 7:17:19 PM

Some games its better, many games not. A 5850 is more consistent, and you'll have the added upgrade path of going to 2x5850.
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May 19, 2010 8:19:13 PM

5770 x 2 means you have no where to go but card replacement in the future. Sometimes you may have to wait until a game can make use of XFire so you can be left with one weak card, some games wont work well with XFire so again you are left with one weak card. The 5850 will be very close in price to 2x 5770s and you can buy a second one later on if you need extra juice.

As for the comment from Jared regarding the i7 930 price being similar to i5 750 price - it is not the CPU price that is costly, it is the X58 board and Triple channel RAM that makes the i7 930 more expensive ($20 for CPU cost difference, plus mobo cost difference plus triple channel RAM usually = cost of upgrade from 5770 to 5850. The 5850 will give a much greater gaming performance increase than an i7 instead of an i5 would)
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May 21, 2010 2:20:49 AM

2x5770 would be great as far as nowhere to go
dont worry
by the time you need more there will be something new
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